Most schools are looking forward to getting back to sports when allowed. But the pupils at Curro Helderwyk are more enthusiastic; because they will finally get the chance to try out the newly-installed Turftech artificial hockey pitch. The first FIH (International Hockey Federation)-certified hockey field in Gauteng’s Brakpan area. Budding players have the opportunity to hone their skills on the international-quality turf.
“Hockey wasn’t offered at the school as there wasn’t sufficient space or facilities,” explained Dot Mthembu, Curro Helderwyk Sports’ Director. “The fields are developed for soccer and rugby, while the grass fields weren’t big or level enough for hockey. The addition of the artificial hockey pitch will be hugely impactful for the school.”
Turftech did the full turnkey construction install of the 6000m2 hockey pitch. It included retaining walls and customised handrails for the safety of spectators. Construction of Rhino-Turf HF18 artificial sand-dressed turf on a 10mm prefab shock pad; with the team also installing drainage kerbing, paving and fencing.
Wayne Reed Turftech Operations Manager said the project had challenges: “The school is inside a residential estate; we had to work around access-control for deliveries; as well as monitoring noise and dust control. Working hours were limited to not impact the residents.”
Reed said cold temperatures over winter made the installation more challenging than usual. “The team had to re-think the install strategy, as we could only glue during certain times of the day; which added few extra days to the programme. But, despite all this, the team persevered for another awesome installation!”
Commenting on the newly-installed turf, Mthembu said it would better position the school to attract well-rounded pupils, while enhancing the standard of the school’s facilities: “This also provides us with the opportunity to host events and tournaments at the school, rather than having to travel elsewhere.”
Some of the other benefits of the artificial hockey pitch include:
- A smoother playing surface
- Dedicated space for hockey
- Year-round sports’ practice; and
- A fast-paced game on a quality playing surface.
In addition, Phillip Prinsloo the Sales Manager for Turftech; said the school’s investment was also a sound environmental decision.
“The artificial turf hockey pitch is the most water-wise option, which is particularly vital with water becoming such a scarce commodity,” said Prinsloo. “The pitch also gives the school the opportunity to use the pitch for junior cricket, as well as recreational soccer and netball, or even for general fitness and conditioning sessions.”
Prinsloo said that, despite the ongoing sporting restrictions during lockdown, many clubs and schools were – where financially possible – making good use of this time to get their facilities ready for the new season.
Commenting on the eventual resumption of school sporting codes, Mthembu said: “There is great excitement from all parties. The pupils and coaches cannot wait to produce some amazing hockey players and great results for the school. We are hoping to have a launch event for all stakeholders at the school, once regulations allow.”
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